WASHINGTON, March 22, 2010 – The clock is ticking down to WWF’s Earth Hour 2010—which is shaping up to be the single largest call to action on climate change in history. Support is coming from all different places including Hollywood as Edward Norton, for the second year in a row, shows his support for Earth Hour by making a video encouraging people to join the movement with him. He joins New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, his wife supermodel Gisele Bündchen, two-time NBA MVP and Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash, pop-star Leona Lewis and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, among others, in publically asking people around the world to turn off their lights for one hour on Saturday, March 27th at 8:30 pm local time.
Edward’s video can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuKlXMXrexk
Earth Hour is only six days away and here is how the momentum is building:
- Globally, more than 115 countries and thousands of cities are set to officially participate, eclipsing international participation levels from this time last year, when 87 countries were represented.
- In the United States, 25 states have signed on for official participation in Earth Hour 2010, nearly FOUR TIMES as many as were on board last year. (When Edward recorded his video only 23 states had been confirmed) More than 100 cities and municipalities are officially taking a stand on this important issue.
- More than 45 national monuments and iconic landmarks will go dark across the U.S. in observance of Earth Hour 2010, including: The Las Vegas Strip, Mt. Rushmore, National Cathedral and Smithsonian Castle in Washington D.C., Golden Gate Bridge, the Space Needle, Empire State Building, Sears/Willis Tower, the Queen Mary hotel in Los Angeles and Santa Monica Pier.
- International landmarks are spreading the message to the four corners, with The Forbidden City in Beijing, China, The Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy, CN Tower in Toronto, Grand Palace in Bangkok, Table Mountain in Cape Town, the London Eye, Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Taipei 101 offering a visual representation of action on climate change.
- College students across America are rallying together to generate awareness of Earth Hour on campus. Michigan State University has planned campus poetry readings, steel drum performances, and relaxation lessons to celebrate Earth Hour, while the University of Virginia is encouraging local shops, restaurants and businesses to shut off their non-essential lights in observation.